Showing posts from November 23, 2014

David Suzuki's grandson's speech after his arrest for protesting Kinder Morgan (VIDEO)

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[“This is insane, why are we putting our economic system – the market – above the very ecology that we all depend upon?" - Tamo Campos *RON*]
Mychaylo Prystupa, Vancouver Observer, 22 November 2014

“I hadn't had a speech planned, so I am just going to wing it. My name is Tamo, and I am David Suzuki’s grandson.”

Such were the opening remarks of 24-year-old Tamo Campos, during a rainy outdoor press conference at the foot of Burnaby Mountain conservation park on Friday, one day after he was arrested.

“What is radical? Is it radical to expand fossil fuel infrastructure in the midst of climate change?”

“Is it radical to use police force to quell public opinion, and public opposition?”

“It is not radical at all, and stand up and be arrested to unjust laws," said Campos.

The young man was taken into custody for breaking an injunction granted to Texas-based Kinder Morgan, to protect its survey crews attempting to do geo-technical pipeline tests …

17,000 housing units set to lose their funding in the City of Vancouver

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[On the end of social housing in British Columbia. "We don’t build social housing any more," said Minister of Housing Rich Coleman flatly earlier this year. I emailed a copy of the link to the original story to the mayor of Coquitlam (my home town) and one council member, asking them if the City intends to protest this and what their actions will be - I recommend that everyone who reads this do the same. *RON*]
By Maria Wallstam, The Mainlander, 22 November 2014

This year’s Vancouver homelessness count showed that more people than ever are living on the streets in BC’s largest city. Gentrification in the Downtown Eastside is taking an enormous toll on people, with rents for market housing and SRO (single room occupancy) hotels continuously rising.

Housing across BC is about to face even more strain with the expected mass expiration of funding for existing social housing. In the next 20 years, over 36,000 units of non-profit housing in Gr…

Scottish National party to seek anti-austerity Westminster union

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[A political coalition is being formed in the UK that could put an end to austerity there. *RON*]

Press Association, Financial Times, 23 November 2014

The Scottish National party is planning to work with parties such as Plaid Cymru in Wales and the Greens at Westminster to build an alliance in a bid to end the “austerity economics” pursued by the big parties in London, Scotland’s new first minister says.

Nicola Sturgeon, who was formally sworn in to the top job in Scottish politics on Thursday, revealed her party would “seek to build alliances with progressive forces across these islands” if there was a hung parliament after next May's general election.

The SNP has already set itself the target of winning the majority of Scottish MPs – which would almost certainly reduce Ed Miliband's chances of becoming the next prime minister.

Ms Sturgeon told a rally of more than 10,000 people in Glasgow: "The old Westminster system doesn’t work for …